Edurne Scott Loinaz, co-founder of the HAHA Academy, introduces a comparative study of 66 ‘lower left’ organisations – that is, groups that are autonomous from the state, use horizontal organisation for planning and decision making, are not for profit, and anti-capitalist. She points to the importance of thinking and communicating in terms of a dimensional ‘zone of solidarity’, rather than the damaging reliance on binary language.
To celebrate the publication of the English language translation of Daniel Colson’s A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze, we are bringing you a series of articles that respond to this ‘provocative exploration of hidden affinities and genealogies in anarchist thought’.
The first is by Teresa Xavier Fernandes, who, in response to Colson’s identification of anarchism as a ‘radical critique of representation’, unpacks Nietzsche’s conception of representation as a ‘lie’. In her Nietzschean typology of ‘liars’ Fernandes identifies the anarchist as a ‘faker’ who reminds us that representation is a trap.
The second in the series is by Iwona Janicka, who picks up on Colson’s reference to Gabriel Tarde to discuss the role of imitation in shaping behaviour. She points to the inherently mimetic aspects of anarchism, as exemplified in anarchist housing co-operatives and other intentional communities.
In the third article, Nathan Jun discusses Colson’s consideration of the term ‘anarchism’ itself. Colson argues that the contemporary drive to taxonomically classify ‘anarchism’ negates the ‘infinity of manners’ which the anarchist project ought to encompass. Jun, however, points to the potential for meaninglessness in leaving the term completely open.
In the final instalment, Roger Farr offers ‘affinity’ as a path to follow between the Lexicon’s terms, and ruminates on Colson’s own use of the term ‘affinity’ as a potential first step.
[A Little Philosophical Lexicon of Anarchism from Proudhon to Deleuze is translated by Jesse Cohn, and published by Minor Compositions (on release to the book trade in April 2019). PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=902]
Political geographer Fabrizio Eva highlights the gap between the principles of inter-state relations (as espoused by the United Nations and the so-called ‘International Community’) and their actual practice, suggesting that the critical stance of anarchist geographies provides a good perspective to better understand ‘International Relations’. The article traces the links between ‘classical’ and contemporary anarchist geographies, before offering an analytical procedure informed by an anarchic critical approach to Geopolitics.
Anarchists in the academy are forced to work within (or around) numerous structures and processes that are antithetical to their principles and ideals. However, not all these institutional trappings are equally problematic, and Judith Suissa argues here that peer review is one aspect which can function in keeping with the main principles of anarchism (even as this process is increasingly distorted by marketised ideologies).
The Sparrows’ Nest has been documenting and sharing the history of anarchist movements for ten years. Jim Donaghey paid the Sparrows a visit at their library and archive in Nottingham, UK, to talk about their work and the importance of making anarchist history available to all. The article contains an audio stream of the interview (11m 38s), a full transcript, a series of images of the Nest, and information on their archived collections.
Critical pedagogy challenges us to consider education as ‘the practice of freedom’ – but this freedom is being squeezed out by neo-liberal reforms, not least in Trump’s America. Ron Scapp asks if an ‘anarchist pedagogy’ can stand as a bulwark against rigid and marketised education practices.
Casa da Lagartixa Preta “Malagueña Salerosa” (The House of the Black Gecko) has been housing anarchist (and related) activisms in São Paulo, Brazil for fourteen years. An activist from ABC Ativismo shares a potted history of the space and an overview of its wide-ranging activities.
Steven Parfitt points to the prominence of casualisation among the myriad issues highlighted on picket lines in the recent UK university strikes. By looking back to the examples of the Wobblies and the Knights of Labor, he suggests lessons we might learn for organising precarious workers today.
Harold Barclay passed away peacefully a few months ago in December 2017. In this article Nathan Jun identifies some of Harold’s contributions to anarchist anthropology, and Jane Barclay, Harold’s wife, has kindly allowed us to reproduce her obituary of Harold for our blog readers.
AnarchistStudies.blog brings you another new article:
Jonathan’s Haidt’s The Righteous Mind differentiates between the ‘gut reactions’ of liberals and conservatives and argues that this shapes their political outlooks. Brian Martin takes a Kropotkinite tilt at Haidt’s six ‘moral foundations’ and assesses their implications for ‘human nature’ in anarchist political philosophy.